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Speakers

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Brigitte Alfter (DK / DE)
Brigitte Alfter is a Danish-German journalist based in Copenhagen covering Europe. She is co-founder of Journalismfund.eu, Farmsubsidy.org, Wobbing.eu and the Scoop project.
@Hackette7

Cecilia Anesi (IT)
Cecilia Anesi is an Italian journalist. She is a member of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). She has been working on investigative documentary projects since 2009, and co-authored the award winning documentary Toxic Europe, together with Belgian journalist Delphine Reuter.
@cecijan

Caelainn Barr (IE)
Caelainn Barr is a business reporter and data journalist at The Irish Times and data journalism trainer. She is a member of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Barr co-founded the Irish Network of Investigative Journalists INIJ.
@caelainnbarr

Bertelsmann Foundation – Uli Schoofs & Jan Arp
The Bertelsmann Foundation has set down a team of experts and programmers to visualise data about global trade, migration and money flows. Uli Schoof and Jan Arp will present the status of their work.

Lorenzo Bodrero (IT)
Lorenzo Bodrero is co-founder of IRPI, the Investigative Reporting Project Italy. He has worked for the Flare Network and the online news magazine Bright, which deals with international organised crime. As a freelance journalist he has written for Narcomafie, Valori, OCCRP and 100Reporters. He holds a degree in Media Studies from the University of Turin, and from the University of Groningen.

John Bones (NO)
John Bones is a journalist at VG, Norway’s most read daily newspaper. He is a data journalist specialist and used to be news desk editor and political editor. Bones has been a speaker and trainer at GIJ Conferences, NICAR Conferences, the Data Harvest Conference and national Conferences in Denmark, Norway and Latvia. He is a board member at SKUP, the Norwegian Association for Investigative Reporting, and he is educated in history, international politics, statistics and French.

Paul Bradshaw (EN)
Paul Bradshaw divides his time between being a visiting professor at City University, London, Course Leader for the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, and a freelance trainer, speaker and writer. In 2009 he founded Help Me Investigate – a platform for crowdsourcing investigative journalism. In 2013 he founded the UK’s first regional newspaper datablog, Behind the Numbers, with The Birmingham Mail.
@paulbradshaw

Primoz Bratac (SI)
Primoz Bratac is head of Supervizor, a pioneering data project. It offers all financial transaction from state budget and public institutions of Slovenia to be seen on internet almost in real time, as well as company details. Supervizor is among the frequently quoted websites or project in major media as lots of journalist use it for their investigations. The project was part of the Commission to prevent Corruption in the Republic of Slovenia, but the technical part was designed by Bratac.

Mar Cabra (ES)
Mar Cabra is a multimedia investigative reporter currently working for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists doing cross-border investigations. She is also vice-president of the Spanish chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. She teaches data journalism in two master degrees and coordinates monthly workshops on the topic in Madrid. Cabra recently received the Spanish Larra Award for the country's most promising journalist under 30.
@cabralens

Duncan Campbell (UK)
Scottish born Duncan Campbell is an investigative journalist, author and computer forensics expert, specialising in data journalism, privacy, civil liberties and secrecy issues. He is the Data Manager on the ongoing “Offshore Leaks” project launched by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In a career spanning five decades, many of his best-known investigations have led to major legal clashes with successive British governments.
@dcampbell_iptv

Annabel Church (UK)
Annabel Church is a web developer for The Guardian and a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow.
@annabelchurch

Scott Crosby (UK / BE)
Scott Crosby is partner at Kemmler Rapp Böhlke & Crosby in Brussels. Specialised in transparency  law since its beginning on EU-level, he takes leading cases in the field. He is the editor-in-chief of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, his clients range from multinational corporations to NGOs.

Annamarie Cumiskey (UK)
Annamarie Cumiskey is an award-winning freelance journalist. She is specialised in EU politics and has published in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Financial Times, and broadcast on BBC Newsnight and Aljazeera. She has worked on several cross-border investigations into EU policies, including a collaboration between The Financial Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which tracked down how EU structural funds are spent across the 27 member states.
@CatTopLapTop

Staffan Dahllöf (DK / SV)
Staffan Dahllöf (1955) is a freelance reporter based in Copenhagen. Dahllöf is a member of the Farmsubsidy team. In 1993 he was co-editor and co-author of "Journalisternas EG-handbok", a guide in Swedish on EC/EU reporting. Since 1994 he has been engaged in courses on EU reporting arranged by The Swedish Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) and by the European Journalist Center (EJC) in Maastricht.
@StaffaniDK

Ides Debruyne (BE)
Ides Debruyne is managing director of Journalismfund.eu. He co-founded the Belgian Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ) and journalismfund.eu. Debruyne teaches at Ghent University and gives lectures on research journalism at several Flemish university colleges and universities. He was one of the co-organisers of the European Investigative Journalism Conference 2008 in Brussels and The third Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2005 in Amsterdam.
@idesdebruyne

Christina Elmer (DE)
Christina Elmer is data journalism editor at German magazine SPIEGEL ONLINE. She is specialised in "deep web" research, i.e. websites that are hard to get access to, such as fora, chatrooms and databases.
@ChElm 

Cecilia Ferrara (IT)
Cecilia Ferrara works freelance for several Italian and international media outlets and is co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy IRPI. She specialises in the Balkans (politics, society, organized crime) and lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade between 2007 and 2010. In 2011 she co-authored the book Narconomics on the international traffic of cocaine and heroine.
@ceciliafe

Matt Fowler (UK)
Matt Fowler is an application developer. He was part of the data team for the ICIJ #offshoreleaks project.
@mattfowlermedia

Stephen Grey (UK)
Stephen Grey is a special correspondent with the Reuters Enterprise team. He is a former foreign correspondent (including Brussels correspondent) and editor of the Insight team with the Sunday Times in London. Previous investigations include corruption in the European Commission and tracking the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition.
@StephenGrey

Olivier Hoedeman (BE)
Olivier Hoedeman is the research and campaign co-ordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an Brussels-based civil society group and the main EU lobby watchers. CEO systematically and successfully uses freedom of information applications in their work.
@olivierhoedeman

Codrina Ilie (RO / DK)
Codrina Ilie is a technical geographer based in Copenhagen. Since 2009, she has been a board member for the OSGeo Romanian Local Chapter, geo-spatial.org. geo-spatial.org is a Romanian dedicated web portal that contains articles, tutorials and open geodata from geospatial domains of expertise such as: digital cartography, historical cartography, neogeography, virtual terrain modeling, remote sensing, geographical informational systems and global positioning systems. At the moment, she is involved in projects for open geodata prompting in Romania and Denmark. 

Per Anders Johansen (NO)
Per Anders Johansenis a Norwegian investigative journalist working for the country's national morning newspaper Aftenposten. He has worked in print, radio and TV and specialises in FOI requests. His stories cover a wide range of topics, from foreign affairs, foreign aid, the military and secret intelligence to organized crime and politics.
@PerAJohansen

David Leigh (UK)
David Leigh is the investigations executive editor of Britsh newspaper The Guardian. His work was behind the jailing of Jonathan Aitken and the exposure of secret payments by arms company BAE and some of the Wikileaks disclosures.
@davidleigh3

Friedrich Lindenberg (DE)
Friedrich Lindenberg is a media scientist turned coder working on open government and transparency initiatives. As a developer at the Open Knowledge Foundation, he is part of OpenSpending, an international effort to make financial data accessible, as well as CKAN, a community-driven data catalogue project. He is the author of Adhocracy, a collaborative drafting software used by the Internet commission of the German Bundestag and several political parties to enable citizens to contribute to policy documents.
@pudo

Marco Maas (DE)
Marco Maas is a data journalist. He contributes to and is involved in several data journalism blogs and projects, among which Open Data City, 4 = 1 and Data-Driven Journalism in Hamburg.
@themaastrix

Sebastian Mondial (DE)
Sebastian Mondial is a freelance data journalist and research specialist based Hamburg, Germany. His operating field ranges from regional data reporting to multinational investigative data projects. In addition to reporting, he passes his data journalism experience on to other journalists as a coach.
@djournalismus

Mara Monti (IT)
Mara Monti is a business and financial reporter at the Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore. In the past she worked at the national radio network Radio24 and at International news agency Dow Jones Telerate, where she served as chief editor. She has been the fundraiser of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy since its founding. Monti is the author of L’Italia dei crack (2011) and co-author of Gialli finanziari. Otto casi italiani e internazionali (2007).
@MaraMonti2

Nils Mulvad (DK)
Nils Mulvad is associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism and partner and editor at Kaas & Mulvad. He co-founded Farmsubsidy.org and the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-organised the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences. He specialises in the development of new methods in data journalism and using mobile and social media for journalism.
@nmulvad

Paul Myers (UK)
Paul Myers works for the BBC as information researcher and new media and journalism trainer. Myers pioneered many of the online research techniques that are now commonplace in the media. He continues to work closely with investigative, current affairs, news and consumer programmes across the BBC and combines his time with training, consultancy and web design. He runs the Research Clinic website which contains his tools, links and study material.
@researchclinic

Anders Pedersen (DK)
Anders Pedersen is a Danish journalist based in The Hague. He has been working as independent data journalist on issues from public health to education, though financial data holds a special place in his heart. At the OpenSpending project of the Open Knowledge Foundation he works to open up budgets, government spending, procurement and EU spending data.
@anpe

Andrei Petcu (RO)
Andrei Petcu is a member of the free software foundation www.ceata.org, he participated in various open data programs with the Romanian Sponge project.  Besides he is taking part in the J-Lab and is a great teacher for non-techies of things related to security, internet anonymous research etc.

Assia Rabinowitz (FR)
Assia Rabinowitz is a freelance journalist whose articles have appeared in Le Nouvel Observateur, La Tribune, Le Figaro, etc. She also wrote several travel guides for publisher Gallimard.

Elske Raedts (NL)
Elske Raedts is a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She works with another transparency expert at Freshfields, Onno Brouwer, with whom she recently pleaded the Besselink case on access to the negotiation mandate of the EU for the accession of the EU to the ECHR.

Juha Rissanen (FI)
Juha Rissanen is a Finnish online graphic designer working for Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle.
@jrissane

Aitziber Romero (ES)
Aitziber Romero is a science journalist based in Germany. Her stories have been published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TAZ, Spektrum, etc. She currently collaborates with Deutsche Welle and has also contributes to Periodismo Humano covering environmental topics. Romero is a biochemist by training and has worked on several data driven investigations in teams of the Constart Correspondent Network.
@aitziberromero

Joao Sant'Anna (PT)
Joao Sant’Anna is director at the office of the European Ombudsman – where more than one third of the complaints concern transparency. Mr. Sant’Anna is a legal expert.
@EUombudsman

David Schraven (DE)
David Schraven is a German journalist. He heads the investigation department of WAZ-Mediengruppe.

Craig Shaw (UK)
Craig Shaw is a British freelance journalist.  He is currently involved with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the  "Offshore Leaks" exposé , working with The Guardian, L'Espresso and other UK and international publications.  He was also an advisor to the recently launched Whistleblowers UK project, run by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ).
@cpshaw

Gavin Sheridan (IE)
Gavin Sheridan is a longtime blogger and expert on new media technologies, open data and transparency. He has published in the Irish Examiner and the New Statesman and is innovation director at Storyful.
@gavinsblog

Daniel Simons (NL)
Daniel Simons is legal counsel at Greenpeace International, where he has developed expertise in applying the access to environmental information rules in order to obtain documents. Previously he worked for the freedom of expression organisation Article 19. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam and the Columbia University School of Law.
@dsimons1979

Damien Spleeters (BE)
Damien Spleeters is a freelance journalist who examines the use of Belgian weapons in modern conflicts and investigates the Belgian arms brokers. His research on the Belgian weapons used in Libya, funded by the Fonds pour le Journalisme, was published in Belgium (Le Soir, La Libre Belgique, Le Vif/L'Express, Apache, De Morgen, VRT) and in the USA (The New York Times).
@damspleet

Teemo Tebest (FI)
Teemo Tebest is a Finnish data journalist and social media web developer. He started working at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle as a web designer in 2011 and became a data journalist in 2013. His interests are visual storytelling, network analysis and open data.
@teelmo

Jack Thurston (UK)
Jack Thurston is a writer and broadcaster, working on public policy relating to transparency, freedom of information and government accountability. He received a Freedom of Information Award from IRE for his work on Farmsubsidy.org; the website was cited by Politics Online’s Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics and by WorldChanging.com as “demonstrating the power of geek activism done right”.

Dino Trescher (DE)
Dino Trescher is a science journalist and founder of the Constart Correspondent Network, an alliance of 29 international journalists. He is based in Berlin, reporting on knowledge-intensive and societally relevant topics at the interface of science, technology and society. His work has been published in renowned media outlets in German and English. In addition, he teaches scientific writing at Alice Salomon University and moderates techno-scientific debates.
@constartnetwork

Tiberiu Turbureanu (RO)
Tiberiu Turbureanu is head of the free software foundation www.ceata.org, a group of coders mainly supporting free software and open data.

Albrecht Ude (DE)
Albrecht Ude is a freelance journalist, researcher and research trainer based in Berlin.

Antonio Villareal (ES)
Antonio Villareal is a freelance reporter contributing articles to Vocento's Innova+ website and Spanish newspaper ABC.

Stefan Wehrmeyer (DE)
Stefan Wehrmeyer runs the German FOI portal FragDenStaat.de and is an Open Data activist for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. He is also working on OpenSpending and supports FarmSubsidy.org.
@stefanwehrmeyer

Hans Weiss (AT)
Hans Weiss is an Austrian journalist and photographer. As a freelance journalist based in Vienna he has been working for the German magazines SPIEGEL and DIE ZEIT. Sometimes he does undercover investigations. His books about various topics – e.g. pharmaceutical industry, tax evasion tricks of multi national companies – sold more than 5 million copies and have been translated into 15 languages. His Schwarzbuch Landwirtschaf, or Black Book of Agriculture, that was published in 2010 uncovered Austrian farm subsidies, tax breaks and other agricultural intrigues that shook the Austrian farming industry.

Blaž Zgaga (SI)
Blaž Zgaga is a freelance investigative journalist living in Slovenia and is co-author of the trilogy In the Name of the State, which explores arms smuggling in the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. After disclosure of a US DIA secret operation in 2000, he was prosecuted for – and later cleared of charges of – revealing military secrets. In a collaboration with Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund, he revealed massive corruption in the Patria arms deal in 2008. Zgaga is co-founder of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Slovenia.